Neal Augenstein

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I wanted to love Blue Mikey Digital — but I don’t

In Uncategorized on September 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm

 

After loving and using the analog Blue Mikey, I had high hopes and waited patiently for the oft-delayed Blue Mikey Digital.

Unfortunately, it’s not going to work out.

Mikey Digital looks beautiful, fits snugly into my iPhone 4s, even with a case, and has great features including line input and and USB pass-through.

At first listen, Mikey Digital delivered a warm, nice bass response compared with the slightly metallic sound of the built-in microphone.

The problems occur when trying to produce multi-track radio pieces.

Audio recorded in Vericorder AudioPro, SoundCloud, and BlueFiRe all contained an unacceptable amount of digital ‘noise.’ (Update: As of 6/2013 AudioPro has been replaced by Voddio)

While the ‘noise’ is often inaudible, it is very apparent when looking at the wav file.

By the time audio is edited and amplified, and run through the radio station’s audio chain, several of my reports sounded distorted to the end user.

And that’s a fatal flaw.

My testing was done with both Airplane Mode On, and off, with similar results.

The digital noise problem is not Blue Microphone’s alone — I experienced the same phenomenon with Tascam iM2.

So, as of now, I have not found a plug-in microphone that improves the sound of iPhone’s built-in mic, without adding other complications.

I’m open to suggestions.

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